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“New York Giants Trade Daniel Jones to Dallas Cowboys in Surprising Quarterback Swap”

Daniel Jones is somehow back for Year 6 as the Giants’ unquestioned starting quarterback — at least for now.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen tried hard to replace Jones in the 2024 NFL Draft, by trading up for Drake Maye. But the Patriots stayed at No. 3 and took Maye. And Schoen didn’t take a quarterback at all in this year’s draft.

So it’s Jones atop the depth chart once more, with Drew Lock firmly in the No. 2 role — at least until Jones performs poorly enough (or gets hurt again) and the Giants bench him (as they should, in order to preserve their ability to release him next offseason).

Anyway, presuming the Giants don’t sign the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott in 2025 free agency, they very well could draft a quarterback.

And Pro Football Focus — in a way-too-early 2025 mock draft — predicts that will be Georgia’s Carson Beck.

PFF slots the Giants at No. 5 in the 2025 draft. And PFF also has Beck as the first quarterback off the board, ahead of Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders to the Raiders at No. 9.

Here’s the rationale for Beck to the Giants over Deion Sanders’ son:

The first quarterback comes off the board. Beck’s 91.5 grade in 2023 ranked fourth among college football quarterbacks. He plays with precise timing and accuracy and could be New York’s quarterback of the future with Daniel Jones seemingly on his last legs there.

The Giants would free up $19.4 million of Jones’ $41.6 million salary cap figure for 2025 if they cut him after this coming season. But they must be mindful of this: Jones has a $30 million salary for 2025 — and $23 million of that is currently guaranteed against injury.

So if Jones stinks again midway through 2024, the Giants would be wise to bench him — lest he suffer another serious injury that leaves them on the hook for the $23 million. If the Giants want out of the Jones relationship — and they just tried to end it by trading up for Maye — they must preserve their ability to have a clean break from him, with regard to that injury guarantee.

This year for the New York Giants at quarterback, we’ll have to live with disappointing former first-round draft pick Daniel Jones or career backup Drew Lock. But in 2025?

With the Dallas Cowboys haven broken off negotiations on a contract extension for star quarterback Dak Prescott, he is set to become a free agent after the 2024 season. Let the speculation begin …

One rumor – floated by FOX Sports – is that Prescott could wind up with the Giants. Explains writer David Helman:

“The Giants are a logical landing spot — but also a fun storyline. Prescott’s no-tag clause means he can do as he pleases if he hits the open market, including signing with a division rival that’s desperate for good quarterback play.”

While Prescott has certainly endured his share of playoff pratfalls, he’s feasted on the NFC East in general and the Giants in specific. New York hasn’t been Dak since his rookie season in 2016 and is 2-12 against him all-time.

Part of the Prescott plan, as it were, would be to dump Jones, which in 2025 would save the Giants $19 million in salary cap room. But even on the open market, would Dak be tempted to join the Giants?

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